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Odfjell Signs Site Reservation in France

Odfjell Terminals Europe and Grand Port Maritime du Havre (GPMH) have today signed a Site Reservation Protocol for a plot of land in the Port of Le Havre to develop a bulk liquid terminal. The planned terminal will be located inside the Port of Le Havre along the Grand Canal Maritime and the plot is approximately 31.5 hectares. Hervé Martel, Chairman of GPMH Management Board, said, “Signing today the Site Reservation Protocol with Odfjell Terminals Europe is a significant stage for the GPMH, not only because it closes the phase of call for projects launched in 2011 in order to boost bulk liquid storage activity in its port and industrial zone, but also because the interest of this major player in bulk liquid transport and storage meets that of the GPMH, of the industries of the river Seine artery and beyond ; it will thus contribute to strengthen their attractiveness and competitiveness.” The first phase will consist of at least 150,000 cbm for storage of petrochemical and petroleum-related products. Construction is currently expected to start in 2015 and the terminal is foreseen to open in 2nd half 2017. The total investment for the first phase is estimated to be about €150-200 million. HAROPA – Port of Le Havre is one of Europe’s largest ports, strategically located by the entrance to River Seine. The port is a deepwater port able to accommodate all types of sea-going vessels


AEP Barges into the Liquid Transport Markets

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Answering the needs of longstanding clients, bulk transport giant AEP dips its toes into the liquid transport arena.       AEP River Operations needs no introduction for most MarineNews readers. One of the true river giants operating on America’s domestic inland waters today, AEP is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, and is primarily known as a barge company that provides transportation of dry bulk commodities throughout the inland river system


ACL Appoints General Manager for Liquid Transportation Division

American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL) announced that Dan D. Jaworski has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager of the Company’s newly announced Liquid Transportation Division, with headquarters in Houston, Texas. The Liquid Transportation Division is a new commercial and operations unit for ACL with 2006 revenues of approximately $190 million. Jaworski joined ACL in 1981 and has most recently been serving as Vice President, Liquid Sales at the Company’s Jeffersonville


ACL Increasing Tank Barge Demurrage Charges

American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL) has announced new demurrage terms for liquid shipments. ACL will increase per day demurrage charges by 15 percent. Commenting on the new terms, Mike Ryan, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, stated, "We are adjusting our demurrage charges for our tank barge fleet in response to the continued strong demand for liquid barging capacity. The value of these liquid units in the marketplace continues to increase and we need to keep pace with that value


ACL to Begin Transporting Canadian Crude Oil

American Commercial Lines (ACL) is pleased to announce that it will begin transporting crude oil by barge on the U.S. inland waterways for MEG Energy (U.S.) Inc. (MEG Energy), a subsidiary of the Canadian oil company MEG Energy Corp.   Crude oil will arrive primarily via pipeline and will be transferred to barges at storage terminals located on the inland waterways for transport by ACL to the Gulf Coast. ACL is dedicating new tank barges built by its manufacturing division Jeffboat


ISS Tositti Expands in Sicily

Angelo Marcantonio, Operations Manager, ISS Tositti (Palermo office)

ISS Tositti, part of Inchcape Shipping Services, has opened two additional offices in Sicily. With one office in Augusta, Sicily, these new offices in Gela and Palermo will provide a service base for the growing liquid and bulk market on the island. ISS Tositti specializes in providing services to some of the world’s leading shipowners and operators and is based in Venice, Italy. The port of Gela currently transports over six million tons of liquid in imports and exports per annum


MOL Develops Portable Bunker Gauge

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World’s First: Reducing Workload and Improving Safety during Bunkering.   President: Koichi Muto) today announced that MOL and Musashino Co., Ltd. have jointly developed the world’s first portable liquid-level gauge for vessel fuel tanks, which reduces workload needed to measure a ship’s fuel level during bunkering and enables more accurate measurement. This will reduce the crew’s workload, and help prevent incidents such as fuel spills from overfilling.  


Liquid Robotics, Schlumberger Form Oil & Gas Joint Venture

Bill Vass CEO Liquid Robotics. (Photo: Liquid Robotics)

Liquid Robotics, Inc. and Schlumberger announced the creation of Liquid Robotics Oil & Gas, a joint venture to develop services for the oil and gas industry using Wave Gliders, the world’s first wave-powered, autonomous marine vehicles. The joint venture will combine Liquid Robotics Wave Glider technology with Schlumberger oil and gas expertise and industry knowledge to integrate and deploy new solutions for customers worldwide. 


M/V Island Dawn Delivered to Island Offshore

Photo: Island Offshore

Island Offshore has taken delivery of M/V Island Dawn from the Vard Brevik shipyard in Norway. This is the third platform supply vessel in a series of four Rolls-Royce UT 717 CD designs, delivered from Vard Brevik. Managing Director of Island Offshore, Håvard Ulstein said, “It is always a pleasure to welcome another vessel to our fleet, and with this being the third in a row we know that we receive quality


BSEE's Salerno Visits Arctic Challenger, USCG, ABS Leaders

File Photo: ADM Brian Salerno (ret.), Now BSEE Director

On February 20 and 21, 2014 Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno and BSEE Alaska Region Director Mark Fesmire traveled to Bellingham, Wash. to meet with senior leaders from the U.S. Coast Guard and the American Bureau of Shipping and see first-hand Shell's containment system aboard the Arctic Challenger.   Director Salerno and Alaska Region Director Fesmire also visited with Coast Guard representatives at the Coast Guard's District headquarters in


TT Club Signs Partnership in The Philippines

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Specialist transport insurance provider, TT Club has appointed a network partner in The Philippines.  Del Rosario Pandiphil Inc. becomes the seventh such partner that the international logistics and freight handling insurer has in the Asia-Pacific region


EPA Mull Methane Regs for Oil & Gas Sector

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday took a step toward a wider strategy to address climate change, releasing five technical papers that will help it decide whether or not to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.


YPF Tenders to Buy Fuel Oil for June

State-run oil company YPF launched its second fuel oil tender in April, this time to buy two 50,000 metric ton cargoes (some 375,000 barrels each) to be received in June and supplied to domestic thermoelectrical companies, according to a document seen by Reuters on Thursday.


Rotterdam port's throughput almost stable

The Port of Rotterdam’s throughput in the first quarter of 2014, at 109 million tonnes, was 0.2% below the level for the corresponding period last year.Split up by goods type, less crude oil (-2%), mineral oil products (-14%) and other liquid bulk cargo (-14%) were transferred


Transport Engineering Course at OMAE 2014

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HMC will host ASME Courses on Transport Engineering and Front End Engineering Design from June 7-8, 2014 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The OMAE is the flagship conference of the Ocean Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division of ASME


Vanishing Volatility Signals Oil Market Shift

Source: Reuters / J. Kemp

The oil market has rarely been so quiet. Benchmark Brent has traded in a narrow range of $5 either side of $110 per barrel since the summer of 2012. Price volatility has fallen to some of the lowest levels since crude futures markets were established in the early 1980s.  


Falling Vessel Rates Pull Down Baltic Sea Freight Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for a tenth straight session on Monday as vessel rates continued to fall. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down, Capesize Rates Slump

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for an 11th straight session on Tuesday, mainly driven by a heavy drop in capesize vessel rates. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Editor's Note

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Even if, as Marcon International’s Bob Beagle says, barges are the workhorses of the towing industry, then the pushboats that propel the 38,000 (documented and undocumented) deck, hopper, tank, crane and miscellaneous purpose barges to their destinations are the heart and soul of the most


i3G Debts Tools for the i-tank Tank-Monitoring

Numerex announced that i3G, a provider of bulk-liquid tank monitoring solutions, recently added "Optimizer" and "Tank Management" tools to its core "i-tank" offering. Customers deploying i3G's i-tank solution now can utilize the "Optimizer" functionality to


Aegis Logistics commissioned ahead of schedule

Tank Farm of Aegis Logistics

Aegis Group, a Leader in Oil, Gas and Chemical Logistics, announced successful early commissioning of the 70,120 KL Bulk Liquid Terminal at Pipavav port on West coast of India.   The Pipavav - Phase I expansion was initiated in February 2013 to set up Bulk Liquid Terminal of 1


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down Again

The Baltic Exchange main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday for a 12th straight session on weak rates for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Falling Vessel Rates Keep Baltic Freight Index Down

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday for a 13th straight session as vessel rates continued to soften. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Sea Freight Index down on Weak Capesize Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, dropped for a 14th straight session on Friday, driven mainly by falling capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


The Midas Touch: US Navy Researchers Convert Seawater into Fuel

Researchers: Photo NRL

Researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) say they have developed technology to extract carbon dioxide from seawater while simultaneously producing hydrogen, and then converted the gasses into hydrocarbon liquid fuel. NRL engineers consider the breakthrough to be a potentially


 
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